HOLLYWOOD, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff's Office has identified the deputy who shot an armed homeowner while responding to reports of a home invasion Thursday in Hollywood.
Officials say Deputy Keith Tyner fired his service weapon at the 20-year-old victim, striking him in the neck area. A report states Tyner, who joined the department in July 2003, immediately rendered aid to the injured man after realizing he was shot.
The incident occurred while deputies were responding to the house, located in the 5900 block of Scott White Road, around 11:03 a.m. for reports of a home invasion and shots fired into the residence.
According to an incident report released Friday, Deputy Tyner and his partner arrived to find a bullet hole in a front window. They then approached the back of the home.
In the backyard, the reporting officer said the back door swung open, but he could not see what was inside due to his angle. The report states he heard Deputy Tyner shout that there was a gun, followed by gunfire from Tyner.
Investigators said Thursday the victim, who was later identified as the homeowner, was shot because he refused to drop his gun when ordered to do so.
"Our deputies challenged the subject and ordered him to drop his weapon, which he didn't at the time," Sheriff's Office spokesperson Eric Watson said. "As a result, one of our deputies fired his service weapon striking the subject once in the neck area."
The victim was transported to MUSC with a life-threatening injury.
The deputy-involved shooting is being investigated by SLED.
A CCSO report states that based on deputies' accounts and initial reports, two black male suspects were seen fleeing from the home on bicycles toward the backyard of the home as officers arrived to the home invasion call.
Authorities say they were able to track down one of the suspects, identified as 22-year-old Thomas Zachary Brown, of Hollywood. Brown was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and attempted murder.
The second suspect has not yet been identified.